FSR: Top 5 Films by Year

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Fergenaprido's Significance Rating - Top 5 Films by Year

This started out as a personal goal to see the top five films of each year, using IMDb data. After they removed the weighted rankings beyond the Top 250, I created my own formula to try to balance each rating and its number of votes, in order to make films more comparable. I settled upon the formula of SR=(EXP(rating)*(LN(votes))/100). Why that particular formula? I tinkered around with different variations, but I prefer using ln instead of log, and this formula ended up with a fairly approximate order similar to IMDb's weighted formula.

Here are the top five films from each year since 1918. For 1918-1934, the minimum number of votes is 1,000; for 1935-2023, the minimum is 5,000. I excluded years before 1918 because there weren't enough films with at least 1,000 votes, so the SR wasn't reliable enough to rank them. I do exclude films that have had voter manipulation, but I don't exclude those rated highly because of enthusiasm from their home country (i.e. "mafias").

Not meant to be definitive, just a fun side project for me, and I decided to move it from my spreadsheet to iCM. Feature-length films only (including documentaries).

I collect the IMDb data on May 1st each year, and update this list shortly thereafter.

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  1. 1 new

    Berg-Ejvind och hans hustru

    1918 — a.k.a. The Outlaw and His Wife, in 8 top lists Check
  2. 2 new

    Stella Maris

    1918, in 4 top lists Check
  3. 3 new

    The Blue Bird

    1918, in 4 top lists Check
  4. 4 new

    Ich möchte kein Mann sein

    1918 — a.k.a. I Don't Want to Be a Man, in 5 top lists Check
  5. 5 new

    Hearts of the World

    1918, in 2 top lists Check
  6. 6 -5

    J'accuse

    1919 — a.k.a. J'accuse!, in 7 top lists Check
  7. 7 -5

    Die Puppe

    1919 — a.k.a. The Doll, in 7 top lists Check
  8. 8 -5

    Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl

    1919 — a.k.a. Broken Blossoms, in 13 top lists Check
  9. 9 -5

    Die Austernprinzessin

    1919 — a.k.a. The Oyster Princess, in 8 top lists Check
  10. 10 -5

    Herr Arnes pengar

    1919 — a.k.a. Sir Arne's Treasure, in 7 top lists Check
  11. 11 -5

    Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

    1920 — a.k.a. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in 30 top lists Check
  12. 12 -5

    The Penalty

    1920, in 3 top lists Check
  13. 13 -5

    Way Down East

    1920, in 7 top lists Check
  14. 14 -5

    Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam

    1920 — a.k.a. The Golem, in 9 top lists Check
  15. 15 -5

    The Mark of Zorro

    1920, in 3 top lists Check
  16. 16 -5

    The Kid

    1921, in 17 top lists Check
  17. 17 -5

    Körkarlen

    1921 — a.k.a. The Phantom Carriage, in 16 top lists Check
  18. 18 -5

    Der müde Tod

    1921 — a.k.a. Destiny, in 8 top lists Check
  19. 19 -5

    Orphans of the Storm

    1921, in 7 top lists Check
  20. 20 -5

    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

    1921, in 7 top lists Check
  21. 21 -5

    Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

    1922 — a.k.a. Nosferatu, in 28 top lists Check
  22. 22 -5

    Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler

    1922 — a.k.a. Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler, in 14 top lists Check
  23. 23 -5

    Häxan

    1922, in 17 top lists Check
  24. 24 -5

    Nanook of the North

    1922, in 17 top lists Check
  25. 25 new

    Foolish Wives

    1922, in 10 top lists Check
  26. 26 -5

    Safety Last!

    1923, in 16 top lists Check
  27. 27 -5

    Our Hospitality

    1923, in 13 top lists Check
  28. 28 -5

    La roue

    1923 — a.k.a. The Wheel, in 7 top lists Check
  29. 29 -4

    Coeur fidèle

    1923 — a.k.a. The Faithful Heart, in 4 top lists Check
  30. 30 new

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    1923, in 0 top lists Check
  31. 31 -5

    Sherlock Jr.

    1924, in 24 top lists Check
  32. 32 -4

    Die Nibelungen: Siegfried

    1924, in 13 top lists Check
  33. 33 -4

    Der letzte Mann

    1924 — a.k.a. The Last Laugh, in 17 top lists Check
  34. 34 -7

    Greed

    1924, in 21 top lists Check
  35. 35 -5

    Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache

    1924 — a.k.a. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge, in 12 top lists Check
  36. 36 -5

    The Gold Rush

    1925, in 29 top lists Check
  37. 37 -5

    Bronenosets Potyomkin

    1925 — a.k.a. Battleship Potemkin, in 27 top lists Check
  38. 38 -5

    The Big Parade

    1925, in 13 top lists Check
  39. 39 -5

    Seven Chances

    1925, in 12 top lists Check
  40. 40 -5

    Ben-Hur A Tale of the Christ

    1925 — a.k.a. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, in 6 top lists Check
  41. 41 -5

    The General

    1926, in 33 top lists Check
  42. 42 -5

    Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage

    1926 — a.k.a. Faust, in 15 top lists Check
  43. 43 -5

    Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed

    1926 — a.k.a. The Adventures of Prince Achmed, in 13 top lists Check
  44. 44 -5

    Flesh and the Devil

    1926, in 9 top lists Check
  45. 45 -5

    The Scarlet Letter

    1926, in 4 top lists Check
  46. 46 -5

    Metropolis

    1927, in 36 top lists Check
  47. 47 -5

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927 — a.k.a. Sunrise, in 36 top lists Check
  48. 48 -5

    Napoléon vu par Abel Gance

    1927 — a.k.a. Napoleon, in 24 top lists Check
  49. 49 -5

    The Unknown

    1927, in 11 top lists Check
  50. 50 -5

    Wings

    1927, in 12 top lists Check